As the Partner Biologist for Mariposa County, I am implementing the Rangeland Watershed Initiative throughout the south-central Sierra Foothills. I work alongside the Natural Resources Conservation Service using the USDA Farm Bill incentive programs to address resource concerns of private landowners while encouraging habitat conservation, watershed improvement, and overall ecosystem health on working lands.

I graduated from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in 2006 with a BS degree in Biology (with an emphasis in Environmental Biology and Ecology). I spent 2 years on the Western Slope of the Rockies in Colorado learning how to grow food and operate a Community Supported Agriculture program.  Next, I began working in the Mojave Desert for Joshua Tree National Park in various roles; a Student Conservation Association Intern, Great Basin Institute Research Associate, and most notably, as the lead Biological Science Technician for the botany program. My responsibilities included vascular plant inventory, rare plant monitoring, herbarium curation, and assisting in the design and implementation of a long term ecological study assessing the effects of climate change on species abundance and distribution throughout the park.

I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, where the open space and agricultural landscape of my youth has been subdivided and developed at an alarming rate. For this reason, the concept of keeping working lands working, resonates deeply with me. I am excited to be marrying my passions for both biology and land conservation in my new position with Point Blue. If I'm not working, you can undoubtably find me climbing rocks in Yosemite with my family!